Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love this holiday for its traditions and for its delicious foods. I also really like being able to stock up on staples used in Hispanic cooking. I found salsa and tortillas on sale at Safeway and got the maximum allowed. Oh, and I cannot forget the cheese I got on sale too. One can never have enough cheese in this house. Jeff eats cheese almost every day so we go through a lot of it. I only buy cheese when it is on sale.
It has been a busy week for me despite having to take time to rest. I was able to get all the seed potatoes chitted and they will soon be ready for planting out. I did some cooking, worked in the garden and got a lot of housework done. Jeff and I put a shade cloth up over part of the roof of the greenhouse and it has made a huge difference in there. We have some of the shade cloth left over and will be using that to shade one of the raised garden beds when needed. I learned how to and gave my hanai sister Shannon's little dog Casey her shots for diabetes since I will be taking care of her and the rest of the fur babies coming up here soon when Shannon goes to her daughter's college graduation.
My grandmother's hope chest is now put in a place of honor in the living room. It is HUGE. I can only imagine what my sweet Grandma put in there over the years leading up to her getting married. I am sure there was the beautiful hand crocheted bed coverlet that her mother made for her. I have that coverlet and it will be making its way back into the hope chest once more. Also going into the chest will be wool blankets and some precious to me quilts. I'm still debating about what to do with the rug that my great grandmother designed and made. My mother had it on top on the cedar chest in her home protecting the top of it. I remember that rug being on the floor next to my mother's bed in other homes. If I remember correctly, the rug was made for my mother as part of her wedding gift from her grandmother who passed away before my mother got married. I have surmised that my great grandmother knew that she would not be around to see my mother get married, so she made the rug years in advance. My grandmother had a matching one, but sadly it got ruined after my grandmother passed away and was left in her home. I wish my mother and I had thought about getting it when my mother was advised by one of her new stepbrothers to come and get anything that belonged to my grandmother's side of the family before it was sold off. We all really liked and respected him. He was watching out for us and was so good to my grandfather.
I've continued to try to stock up on things that we need and food. I made a trip into Pullman on Thursday to get the sale priced cheese, salsa and tortillas. After I got those at Safeway, I headed over to Grocery Outlet. I came upon a awesome sale on canned luncheon meat (think Spam) for .99 a can! Now Jeff loves this stuff and it stores forever, so I bought a flat of it. I had not seen that low of a price for about 3 years now. When deals like this come around, you bet I buy a lot of the item! I think God was smiling on me because I also found my favorite Ace brand Guava "cider" in the adult beverage section. 😎 I had this down in Las Vegas and feel in love with it. I had been unable to find it anywhere up here since then, but now Grocery Outlet is carrying it. They lady I spoke to in charge of the ordering for that section said she just ordered more of it and is looking for different flavors also. Cue the happy dance on my part. Yes, it's the little things like that in life that can make me smile. It reminds me of home in Hawaii and the carefree days on the beaches there where my stress would just melt away while watching the waves in the ocean.
My son Josh called and told me that he had some news that would make me very happy. I immediately blurted out "you guys are pregnant", which was then greeted with a chorus of "no" from both Josh and Lauren followed by "why would you even think that?" from Josh. LOL! They have both previously said they were done having kids after Peyton was born because they felt their little family was complete. My reply to Josh was "well you said it was something that would make me very happy and grandbabies make me happy". Anyway, it was not that, but that Josh was not picked to deploy to a place we had previously invaded. He really wanted to go and get his deployment done while the kids were little since he had not been eligible to deploy for 8 years based on his previous jobs. Now that he is eligible once again, he is itching to go. Now, this is that part where I share with you all that Jeff and I have been praying that he not be deployed, especially with how much of a tinder box our world as a whole is right now. Jeff has specifically been praying that Josh would be considered "too valuable" to deploy, just as one of his uncles and grandfathers had been. Apparently, Josh is needed at this new base to get the troops there back in line again and trained well. They are talking about moving him to a new group to lead them now also. Thank you God, from a very grateful mom and dad, for your protection over our son.
Speaking of kids and grandkids, I finally got some prints ordered from Walgreens of all the grandkids and kids. I found a half off digital coupon code that really brought the price down. I have a large collage frame that I will be putting the pictures in. I really wanted some updated pictures of the family to look at. Now to find the walls space for it!
Oh, I finally got the results of my echocardiogram. It showed no abnormalities! Another answer to prayer. I was amazed at how much stress left my body when, after months of trying to figure out if I had a leaking heart valve, I finally have my answer and it was such good news! My PTSD related to all things medical, had reared its ugly head during this time as I thought back to my childhood with heart issues and all the tests, blood draws, and painful shots I had for years, most of it done alone. Despite having gone through therapy, I don't think that fear will ever leave me. Some things go so deep and there are still others, that are yet to be dealt with as they are much too painful. Those things are kept in a sealed up "boxes" in my mind. Anyway, I don't want to dwell on those painful things, I just want to celebrate the prayers that have been answered and God's provision for our family. 😊